Glossary of eBay Setters Business Terms

1 Knowing the e-tailing jargon (with a little practice, you can translate instantly) About Me page The free Web page given to every eBay user. It's an excellent promotional tool. (See Technique 64.) Accounts payable Expenses that have been charged but not paid for. (See Technique 48.) Accounts receivable The pending amount due from a sale to the seller. Merchandise has been sold, but money has not been collected. (See Technique 48.) Advance order An order placed for merchandise to be delivered...

Using the Post Sale Manager

The powerful Post-Sale Manager can handle a good deal of your auction management business. Because you go to PayPal to check your sales and deposits anyway, why not use its tools to manage your eBay sales Best of all, Post-Sale Manager is free. Figure 33-5 shows the Post-Sale Manager, which enables you to manage all your post sale activities. Figure 33-5 shows the Post-Sale Manager, which enables you to manage all your post sale activities. Figure 33-5 PayPal Post-Sale Manager. Figure 33-5...

Finding Deals with eBay Search

When bidding on an auction, anyone can easily be carried away with the moment. Ego (or is it greed ) urges us not to be outbid by a few cents, then by a quarter, fifty cents, a few dollars, and sometimes more The bidding war commences, the item sells for much more than it should, and nobody really ends up a winner. So when you see an auction marching off to the bidding war, you have alternatives to joining the fight. Before you jump into the frantic bidding, consider using eBay Search to see...

Reporting questionable items on eBay

Suppose you see an item that perks up your scam-antennae say, an auction that has lots of bids but all the bidders have no or little feedback. Or you see your bids instantly raised by another bidder, check that bidder's history, and find that person does the same thing in other auctions but never wins. The first thing you must do is report the item in question to eBay. The sooner you report it, the better. If the eBay security folks don't receive notice till a few minutes before the auction is...

Okay Time to Relist

EBay gives you so many ways to relist an item, that it's almost dizzying. There are efficient ways and ways that will waste your time. Because this book is all about saving time, let's just concern ourselves with the speedy ways. Figure 12-1 shows the seller's version of a sold item (only the seller sees this when they are signed in), which includes a link to relist. If you relist all your items using this link on each item's page you'll have to go to the page for every item you want to relist...

Getting Quick Basic Templates Online

Because there are times you are in a hurry, and just can't take the time to fool with anything, I've put a free ad tool on my Web site at When you land on my homepage, click the link in the navigation bar labeled Cool Free Ad Tool. You jump to my very cool instant template page, shown in Figure 21-7. 3. Enter the URL of your image in the box that asks for it. 4. Enter the e-mail address that you use for eBay. I do not keep your e-mail information it is used to put code in your description for a...

Organizing your listings

Once you've put together a few listings, your Turbo Lister Item Inventory begins to look something like Figure 11-13. Figure 11-13 Turbo Lister Item Inventory. Figure 11-13 Turbo Lister Item Inventory. Much of this information is filled in for you by eBay. You can edit the information pertaining to an option such as Payment Methods and Ship To Location by clicking the Change button in the appropriate box. Note that on this page, each format option has a Change button. Clicking the Change button...

Wholesale Central

One of the largest sites of wholesalers on the Internet is Wholesalecentral.com. You'll find everything from women's apparel to flea market items all with their own clickable links and phone numbers. The site is the brainchild of Sumner publications. They have a linked online directory of thousands of wholesale sources selling all types of merchandise. They also publish a monthly magazine called Web Wholesaler. Poke around their pages and check out the ads. Often some good wholesalers offer...

Pay Pal invoicing

To set up your PayPal account to send out invoices automatically when an item is purchased, follow these steps Scroll down to the heading Invoicing Your Buyer and click the link Winning Buyer Notification. The PayPal Winning Buyer Notification Registration page, as pictured in Figure 22-4, is displayed. Send Money Request Money Merchant lools Auction tools Winning Buyer Notification Registration Gel paid fasten PayPal's Winning Buya'' Notification will automatically notify your buyers within...

Big Lots Wholesale

If you're familiar with the Big Lots stores scattered around the country, then you have an idea of what you can buy at biglotswholesale.com. A quick click to their Web site showed me they were loaded with great deals on everything from health and beauty items to toys to lawn and garden tools Sites like Big Lots Wholesale change merchandise quickly, so when you find something that piques your interest, research it quickly and buy it. It may not be there when you check back. One of the things...

Saving Time with Free Gut Check Software

I am also concerned with negative or positive feedbacks to see whether others have purchased an item and whether they like it. I use feedback as a reference on the item I'm interested in as well. I click through the item numbers on a seller's past feedback to see whether others bought the item. Are previous buyers happy with his or her purchases Or is the price on this item so low because chimps put it together with crazy glue Yeah, I get frustrated if I'm examining a high-volume seller's...

Saving by Shipping with FedEx Ground

The road to FedEx sidebar tells an impressive business story. Do you think that FedEx is too expensive for your eBay shipping Perhaps it's not as convenient as using the PayPal shipping area, but the savings just might be worth your while. Here are a few time- and money-saving facts about shipping with FedEx that you should know. 1 Saturday delivery FedEx Ground will deliver to residences on Tuesdays through Saturdays at no extra charge. 1 Delivery until 8 00 p.m. If your customers work for a...

Knowing Fraud When You See It

Here's an obvious transaction trouble spot You win the auction and pay for your item, but the seller never sends your stuff. Or suppose the item shows up but is totally different from the item you saw or read about online. These situations constitute fraud, and laws exist to protect you (the consumer) from fraud. In particular, you're protected from Untimely shipping Did you know that the Federal Trade Commission, in their Prompt Delivery rules, says that your newly purchased item must be...

Que from SPam

Every morning when I get to my computer, I have to allow about five minutes to clear the spam out of my e-mail. It used to take up to a half hour, considering that I flip on my computer and am greeted by close to 200 e-mails every day. It used to be a terrifying time when I clicked my Send Receive button in Outlook. I never knew what would be coming down the pike or wires. Read further on to see how I've cut my spam-scanning time Spam has gotten so sneaky. Everyone is scurrying to get the...

Pending Listings

The Pending Listings link on the Summary page takes you to any auction, fixed-price, or store listing you've sent to eBay through Turbo Lister or listed on the Sell Your Item page and scheduled for a later starting date or time. You can also view these pending listings through links on the Summary page that narrow them down to Listings starting within the next hour and Listings starting within the next day. When you enter the Pending Listings area by clicking Pending Listings from the Summary...

Tips for Taking Cloud Dome Pictures

Surprisingly, there's very little learning curve ns gt lt aj to using a Cloud Dome. The simple steps in ViV the preceding section attest to this fact. What may take you more time is discovering the tips and tricks that help you achieve professional-looking results. And reading this section kickstarts your discovery process. Here are a few things to keep in mind when taking photos with the Cloud Dome. 1 Focus, focus Due to the focus limitations of many of today's digital cameras, I found it best...

EBay Selling Managers Reports

I like eBay's Selling Manager because it gives you the opportunity to keep all your selling information in one place. It also gives you downloadable reports that you can archive for your business records. You must subscribe to the Selling Manager product to get these reports. There is a 4.99 per month fee. The benefits of the product are mentioned throughout this book it's an excellent choice for the beginning eBay seller. Your eBay sales reports include important information about your...

Networks J Office

The first time I spoke to my editors about putting information in my books about networking, they scoffed at me. Bah People who work at home don't need networks as if networks were solely for the big companies with lots of cubicles . The more I spoke to the eBay community, the more I saw the need for networks and the more people asked me about them. I started writing about eBay in 1999, and now it's 2004. A lot of technology has washed under the bridge, and many advances have been made. Setting...

EBay invoicing

EBay also allows you to send out invoices for your items, but they're not sent out automatically as they are by PayPal . For eBay invoices, you have a couple of options 1 From the item page Invoices can be sent directly from the item page, as shown in Figure 22-5. You will see the Send Invoice bar only if you are signed into eBay when you visit the auction. 2 Photography Plioto Lights NIB Lighting Kit imaMiumtor.aBanBSca Seller status Your item sold for US 119.99 Von letisled his ilem. CliLk hp...